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Alberta preparing to introduce further restrictions as COVID-19 cases rise

Alberta Has Over 8,000 COVID-19 Cases Right Now & Here’s Where They Are In The Province Doctors, health unions urge Alberta to take short, sharp action on COVID-19
Patty Aguilar | 15 November, 2020, 12:29

Kenney said Thursday that if Albertans don't stop having private social gatherings, which is attributed to 40 per cent of traceable cases of COVID-19, the province "may have to consider enforcement action". On Thursday, Kenney announced 860 new cases for a total active case count of 8,300.

"We do know that in that sector we have seen a relatively small but still growing number of businesses that late at night have moved their tables out of the way and turned into de-facto nightclubs, which has always been against the restrictions", Kenney said.

AHS adds that a close contact is also someone who has had direct contact with bodily fluids of a person who has COVID-19 (i.e. was coughed or sneezed on), or who provided direct care for a person who has the novel coronavirus, without consistent and appropriate use of PPE. The new cases mark the highest number of single-day case numbers since the pandemic began.

More than 430 Alberta doctors and three major health unions are urging Kenney to invoke short, sharp public health restrictions to reverse a soaring rate of COVID-19. There are 225 people in hospital, including 51 in intensive care. "We're working to prevent this from happening", said Shandro.

Singing, dancing and theatre groups will also have to take a break.

Out of the active cases, the Edmonton zone now has the majority share with 3,572, while the Calgary zone has 3,553 active cases.

"Until cases slow we must press pause on any gatherings with people outside of the immediate household", Kenney said. "Today the premier says the virus is starting to win".

Alberta Health Services has reported 72 active cases and 11 deaths among residents and 68 active cases among staff at South Terrace.

The third death was of a man in his 60s from the Calgary Zone whose death is linked to the outbreak at Waverley House Personal Care Home.

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